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By Rebecca Hobbis 13 Sep, 2017

Safety Survey Reveals Surprising Results


A Simply Business survey of accidents at work suggests that accidents are happening in industries rarely thought of as dangerous.

 

The survey looked at 1,000 professions and analysed accident claims, finding that some professions that viewed as safe appear to be more dangerous than others seen as high risk.

According to the survey, hairdressers are seven times more likely to have an accident than carpenters, while fitness instructors are three times more accident prone than lorry drivers.

Fiona McSwein of Simply Business said:

“Our research shows that even businesses that many would consider low-risk - such as hairdressing or dog walking - carry the risk of injury, and it's particularly surprising when compared to manual trades like bricklaying or carpentry.”

Another unexpected result is that office workers in the North are more accident prone than those in the South. Perhaps less surprisingly, more accidents occur on Monday mornings as sluggish workers return to work after the weekend.

Over the last five years, accidents in small business have increased by 41%. Fortunately, in 2016, the accident rate fell – likely as a result of more businesses paying attention to health and safety.

Accidents most commonly occur as a result of lifting, tripping and being struck by moving objects. It is estimated that over 4.5 million workdays are lost in a year through people being unable to work after an accident.

No matter how careful employees in a business are, there is always a small risk of accidents. By using the correct safety equipment, signage and educating the workforce in safety procedures, a business can minimise accident risks.

By Rebecca Hobbis 15 Aug, 2017

Document Pockets are a great way to display all the documents you need to. Self adhesive for permanent fixing, magnet for steel cabinets, racking or shelving. Hanging pockets, wrap around pockets or tie on pockets for use on cages, display boards or pallet boxes.

By Rebecca Hobbis 08 Aug, 2017

How can 24/7 warehouses fit cleaning around their operations?

Many warehouses operate all through the day and night, but what does this mean for cleaning? It’s important to keep the premises clean and tidy, but constant operation presents a challenge.

In a busy warehouse, it’s not uncommon for there to be spills and large amounts of dust. The cleaning of warehouse shelving and floors often requires a pre-sweep followed by a thorough clean, but innovative new cleaning machines are able to complete both processes in one machine. This means the area cleaned can be dry and slip-free very quickly, minimising disruption to the operation of the warehouse.

Major manufacturers from the industry, such as Kärcher, are developing innovative pieces of cleaning equipment able to work high speed and with low operating costs, hence saving money and reducing the total cost of operating a warehouse.

Cleaning machines are an integral part of keeping the warehouse clean and organised. Employees also need to be aware of cleaning requirements, placing any rubbish in designated bins or recycling areas.

Individual employees can be given designated areas of the warehouse and made responsible for the cleanliness of the area, either by cleaning it themselves or instructing a cleaner when necessary. The employee also needs to be aware of stock that has been stored in cartons for a long time, as it will attract dust.

An efficient and cost-effective warehouse needs to be kept clean and tidy. This improves health and safety, boosts productivity and reduces costs.

 

By Rebecca Hobbis 07 Aug, 2017
Code labels are where we work with you to create the right labelling for your needs using standard location labels using a combination of alphanumeric codes to identify the aisle, bay, level and position on the beam. Directional arrows are also added, bar codes and colour can be added for extra identification.
By Rebecca Hobbis 04 Aug, 2017

So you now having you brand new warehouse racking? What is next? How can I make the most out of my racking?


Introducing our range of Aisle & Bay markers as part of our Warehouse Identification. By having your aisle and your bays clearly identified it makes light work for your warehouse operatives to find the correct location of where to pick and store the goods as required.


Thus saving wasted minutes that could add up to hours of downtime of the wrong products being in the wrong place.


 

By Rebecca Hobbis 27 Jul, 2017

Mezzanine Floors are a great way of adding creating more space out of your wasted ceiling area. This can be used for extra storage, extra office, extra factory area or as in some cases all three.


Designed Storage & Partitions are is able to design, supply, deliver and install new mezzanine floors which are manufactured to not only the industry standards but that also to the requirements of your local building control. 

Our design team will work with you to tailor the mezzanine floor to your exact requirements and will offer not only practical advice, advice on building regulations  and the most helpful way to make the most of your space.


We can even take on the task of applying for building approval on your behalf to take away the hassle from yourselves, as we are experienced with dealing over many different local authorities over the years.


We will not only design your mezzanine floor we will install with our experienced fitters and provide you with full risk assessments, working drawings and method statements creating a safe working environment and a first class service.


Our Mezzanine floors also come with extra option of Fire Cladding, where required in working environments.


Contact us today for further information or to book a free consultation.



By Rebecca Hobbis 27 Jul, 2017
PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 – 5 & 6) requires that all Pallet Racking is to be independently inspected by qualified persons at least once a year, and it might be tempting to see this as one of those nitpicking health and safety rules that are little more than a box-ticking exercise. However, there are good reasons why racks need to be inspected.

The first is that many insurance companies are now insisting on it. Without proof of inspection, any insurance claim associated with racking will likely be declined.

Also, in a busy warehouse, periodic damage can occur as a result of forklift trucks coming into contact with racking, or by regular overloading. The damage may be small initially, but could cause serious failure of the racking in the future if not addressed. An inspection can alert you to any damage and the need for repairs. Most minor repairs will be inexpensive compared to replacing racking, so in the long term, an inspection can save you money.

Lastly, damaged or inefficient racking systems will hamper the smooth working of your warehouse. Not only could this damage your stock or endanger your workers, but it will also reduce productivity.

An inspector will examine your racking while it is loaded with pallets, classifying any damage found as red, amber or green. Green damage is minor and the racking is still suitable for use. Amber means that the racks can still be used, but as soon as the pallets are offloaded, they should not be used again until repairs are carried out. Red damaged racking is not fit for use and means
By Rebecca Hobbis 29 Jun, 2017

Exciting times as our new online catalogue shop is now up and running intime for July 2017, www.dexionstorage.co.uk for Shelving, Small Parts Storage, Lockers, Office Furniture, Work Benches and much much more. For July we are promoting this new web shop with an online offer of 10% discount on all catalogue orders use code new17 at the checkout. Happy Shopping

By Rebecca Hobbis 13 Jun, 2017

You can buy and utilise a lot of second-hand or pre-used items, such as a bike or an item of furniture and they come at a very persuading price. Second-hand bicycle? Yes - Bargain. Second-hand chest of draws? Yes - Bargain. Second-hand pallet racking? NO.

And why NO do I hear you ask?

Safety is paramount when it comes to purchasing pallet racking and that is exactly the one thing that cannot be guaranteed from a second-hand seller. You never know what’s being covered with a lick of paint or being hidden from the sale.

 Avoid costly mistakes when purchasing pallet racking and if you’re going to do it, invest some money into getting an expert to check it out with you. Or alternatively, check out the reasons why we think you should be avoiding this:

  1.   Deflected Beams, Broken Planks

Naturally, over time your beams and planks will slightly deflect due to the continuous movement of stock being imported and exported. Although this is to be expected, it can become highly dangerous once it reaches a certain limit.

When buying second hand, this is something to be aware of. Although the seller may be selling racking that has a deflect within the SEMA standards, it will not take long after purchase for it to become hazardous – particularly without having the knowledge of what was actually stored on there previously.

Buying new will not only take away the worry of or when the beams will go, but also save money in the long run.

2.   Poor Welding

Another thing to keep a strong eye out for is poorly welded together beams. If this has been done, there is a strong risk of the whole structure collapsing which is not only going to put you out of pocket, but will leave you without racking causing disruption throughout the business. This is a dangerous practice as the correctly supplied manufacturers beam is of a cold formed rolled steel make up, which will have been robotically welded (under stringent QC controls) using a heat retention system. Often beams on site are hand welded using a burner and it is highly unlikely that the cut down beam will have been load tested for its bearing capacities.

3.   Bent Diagonals

Bent diagonals can be a red light sign of a mis-used racking system or a genuinely faulty structure. This, of course, means your bargain pallet racking is not going to live a long life. Avoid falling into this trap by buying new. Not only are you going to have a brand new, stronger structure, but you can relax knowing that you not only have genuine pallet racking, but a warranty that covers it too.

4.   Rusted Components

Buying second-hand pallet racking is buying from the unknown and/or hidden. Although most purchasers will know to look for the obvious signs of rust and corrosion, you can’t always tell what’s hidden under a lick of paint.

It is important that your pallet racking is not weakened by rust as the frames will not be able to hold even the allocated weight allowance.

There is no way of telling where the pallet racking has been kept or how it has been treated. Make sure you’re thinking smart about cover ups if you’re buying second hand.

  5.   Money Bin

The majority of the time, second-hand items will not come with a warranty which means if something goes wrong, it’s coming out of your pocket.

You need to think hard about if it’s worth spending more money on fixes than it’s worth. It doesn’t take long to get stuck in the trap of constantly paying out for repairs, so why not make a secure investment in some new racking ? Not only will you be saving money in the long run, but also time and efficiency.

  6.   Replacement Parts

When buying second-hand pallet racking, it is more difficult to figure out what has been replaced, fixed, painted over or even if those replacement parts are genuine.

If the brand is well known, there is more of a chance that the replacement parts are genuine. However, this does not mean it is for definite. You wouldn’t buy a Ford car with a Vauxhall engine, so don’t make the same mistake with your pallet racking.

  7.   Get a professional inspector

If second-hand pallet racking is still the route you want to take, make an investment in precautions. Understand that you don’t know how often the pallet racking has been checked, toyed with or endured DIY jobs.

By taking a professional inspector with you to check it out, you can be secure that all the obvious signs of faultiness have been checked over.

General maintenance on racking systems is healthy, however if it becomes a regular occurrence it can quickly become dangerous. Regular inspections are a legal requirement under UK law to be taken annually. At DSP we are time served inspectors with over 30 years experience and knowledge.

We understand that without a durable and safe product in use, both safety measures and quality is compromised.

8. No Reputable Loading Information

These notices are a strong moral H&S guideline as they indicate the safe working loads that can be imposed onto the racking. With pre-used or re-welded 2nd hand beams often the load capacity cannot be accurately supplied and any manufactures original warranties may be null and void.

Need Some Expert Help?

Whether you’re looking for some new pallet racking for yourselves or looking for advice, make sure you are going to the correct places.

With over 30 years of experience with pallet racking, we are here to help you in any way we can. If you need helping finding what’s best for your warehouse or want to find some racking that you can rely on, give us a call on 01270 252533 to speak to a member of our team

By Rebecca Hobbis 06 Feb, 2017
Full of materials handling products, Shelving, Lockers, Office furniture, Warehouse Labelling and much much more. Contact us today for your free copy. or visit our online store www.dexionstorage.com .
By Rebecca Hobbis 13 Sep, 2017

Safety Survey Reveals Surprising Results


A Simply Business survey of accidents at work suggests that accidents are happening in industries rarely thought of as dangerous.

 

The survey looked at 1,000 professions and analysed accident claims, finding that some professions that viewed as safe appear to be more dangerous than others seen as high risk.

According to the survey, hairdressers are seven times more likely to have an accident than carpenters, while fitness instructors are three times more accident prone than lorry drivers.

Fiona McSwein of Simply Business said:

“Our research shows that even businesses that many would consider low-risk - such as hairdressing or dog walking - carry the risk of injury, and it's particularly surprising when compared to manual trades like bricklaying or carpentry.”

Another unexpected result is that office workers in the North are more accident prone than those in the South. Perhaps less surprisingly, more accidents occur on Monday mornings as sluggish workers return to work after the weekend.

Over the last five years, accidents in small business have increased by 41%. Fortunately, in 2016, the accident rate fell – likely as a result of more businesses paying attention to health and safety.

Accidents most commonly occur as a result of lifting, tripping and being struck by moving objects. It is estimated that over 4.5 million workdays are lost in a year through people being unable to work after an accident.

No matter how careful employees in a business are, there is always a small risk of accidents. By using the correct safety equipment, signage and educating the workforce in safety procedures, a business can minimise accident risks.

By Rebecca Hobbis 15 Aug, 2017

Document Pockets are a great way to display all the documents you need to. Self adhesive for permanent fixing, magnet for steel cabinets, racking or shelving. Hanging pockets, wrap around pockets or tie on pockets for use on cages, display boards or pallet boxes.

By Rebecca Hobbis 08 Aug, 2017

How can 24/7 warehouses fit cleaning around their operations?

Many warehouses operate all through the day and night, but what does this mean for cleaning? It’s important to keep the premises clean and tidy, but constant operation presents a challenge.

In a busy warehouse, it’s not uncommon for there to be spills and large amounts of dust. The cleaning of warehouse shelving and floors often requires a pre-sweep followed by a thorough clean, but innovative new cleaning machines are able to complete both processes in one machine. This means the area cleaned can be dry and slip-free very quickly, minimising disruption to the operation of the warehouse.

Major manufacturers from the industry, such as Kärcher, are developing innovative pieces of cleaning equipment able to work high speed and with low operating costs, hence saving money and reducing the total cost of operating a warehouse.

Cleaning machines are an integral part of keeping the warehouse clean and organised. Employees also need to be aware of cleaning requirements, placing any rubbish in designated bins or recycling areas.

Individual employees can be given designated areas of the warehouse and made responsible for the cleanliness of the area, either by cleaning it themselves or instructing a cleaner when necessary. The employee also needs to be aware of stock that has been stored in cartons for a long time, as it will attract dust.

An efficient and cost-effective warehouse needs to be kept clean and tidy. This improves health and safety, boosts productivity and reduces costs.

 

By Rebecca Hobbis 07 Aug, 2017
Code labels are where we work with you to create the right labelling for your needs using standard location labels using a combination of alphanumeric codes to identify the aisle, bay, level and position on the beam. Directional arrows are also added, bar codes and colour can be added for extra identification.
By Rebecca Hobbis 04 Aug, 2017

So you now having you brand new warehouse racking? What is next? How can I make the most out of my racking?


Introducing our range of Aisle & Bay markers as part of our Warehouse Identification. By having your aisle and your bays clearly identified it makes light work for your warehouse operatives to find the correct location of where to pick and store the goods as required.


Thus saving wasted minutes that could add up to hours of downtime of the wrong products being in the wrong place.


 

By Rebecca Hobbis 27 Jul, 2017

Mezzanine Floors are a great way of adding creating more space out of your wasted ceiling area. This can be used for extra storage, extra office, extra factory area or as in some cases all three.


Designed Storage & Partitions are is able to design, supply, deliver and install new mezzanine floors which are manufactured to not only the industry standards but that also to the requirements of your local building control. 

Our design team will work with you to tailor the mezzanine floor to your exact requirements and will offer not only practical advice, advice on building regulations  and the most helpful way to make the most of your space.


We can even take on the task of applying for building approval on your behalf to take away the hassle from yourselves, as we are experienced with dealing over many different local authorities over the years.


We will not only design your mezzanine floor we will install with our experienced fitters and provide you with full risk assessments, working drawings and method statements creating a safe working environment and a first class service.


Our Mezzanine floors also come with extra option of Fire Cladding, where required in working environments.


Contact us today for further information or to book a free consultation.



By Rebecca Hobbis 27 Jul, 2017
PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 – 5 & 6) requires that all Pallet Racking is to be independently inspected by qualified persons at least once a year, and it might be tempting to see this as one of those nitpicking health and safety rules that are little more than a box-ticking exercise. However, there are good reasons why racks need to be inspected.

The first is that many insurance companies are now insisting on it. Without proof of inspection, any insurance claim associated with racking will likely be declined.

Also, in a busy warehouse, periodic damage can occur as a result of forklift trucks coming into contact with racking, or by regular overloading. The damage may be small initially, but could cause serious failure of the racking in the future if not addressed. An inspection can alert you to any damage and the need for repairs. Most minor repairs will be inexpensive compared to replacing racking, so in the long term, an inspection can save you money.

Lastly, damaged or inefficient racking systems will hamper the smooth working of your warehouse. Not only could this damage your stock or endanger your workers, but it will also reduce productivity.

An inspector will examine your racking while it is loaded with pallets, classifying any damage found as red, amber or green. Green damage is minor and the racking is still suitable for use. Amber means that the racks can still be used, but as soon as the pallets are offloaded, they should not be used again until repairs are carried out. Red damaged racking is not fit for use and means
By Rebecca Hobbis 29 Jun, 2017

Exciting times as our new online catalogue shop is now up and running intime for July 2017, www.dexionstorage.co.uk for Shelving, Small Parts Storage, Lockers, Office Furniture, Work Benches and much much more. For July we are promoting this new web shop with an online offer of 10% discount on all catalogue orders use code new17 at the checkout. Happy Shopping

By Rebecca Hobbis 13 Jun, 2017

You can buy and utilise a lot of second-hand or pre-used items, such as a bike or an item of furniture and they come at a very persuading price. Second-hand bicycle? Yes - Bargain. Second-hand chest of draws? Yes - Bargain. Second-hand pallet racking? NO.

And why NO do I hear you ask?

Safety is paramount when it comes to purchasing pallet racking and that is exactly the one thing that cannot be guaranteed from a second-hand seller. You never know what’s being covered with a lick of paint or being hidden from the sale.

 Avoid costly mistakes when purchasing pallet racking and if you’re going to do it, invest some money into getting an expert to check it out with you. Or alternatively, check out the reasons why we think you should be avoiding this:

  1.   Deflected Beams, Broken Planks

Naturally, over time your beams and planks will slightly deflect due to the continuous movement of stock being imported and exported. Although this is to be expected, it can become highly dangerous once it reaches a certain limit.

When buying second hand, this is something to be aware of. Although the seller may be selling racking that has a deflect within the SEMA standards, it will not take long after purchase for it to become hazardous – particularly without having the knowledge of what was actually stored on there previously.

Buying new will not only take away the worry of or when the beams will go, but also save money in the long run.

2.   Poor Welding

Another thing to keep a strong eye out for is poorly welded together beams. If this has been done, there is a strong risk of the whole structure collapsing which is not only going to put you out of pocket, but will leave you without racking causing disruption throughout the business. This is a dangerous practice as the correctly supplied manufacturers beam is of a cold formed rolled steel make up, which will have been robotically welded (under stringent QC controls) using a heat retention system. Often beams on site are hand welded using a burner and it is highly unlikely that the cut down beam will have been load tested for its bearing capacities.

3.   Bent Diagonals

Bent diagonals can be a red light sign of a mis-used racking system or a genuinely faulty structure. This, of course, means your bargain pallet racking is not going to live a long life. Avoid falling into this trap by buying new. Not only are you going to have a brand new, stronger structure, but you can relax knowing that you not only have genuine pallet racking, but a warranty that covers it too.

4.   Rusted Components

Buying second-hand pallet racking is buying from the unknown and/or hidden. Although most purchasers will know to look for the obvious signs of rust and corrosion, you can’t always tell what’s hidden under a lick of paint.

It is important that your pallet racking is not weakened by rust as the frames will not be able to hold even the allocated weight allowance.

There is no way of telling where the pallet racking has been kept or how it has been treated. Make sure you’re thinking smart about cover ups if you’re buying second hand.

  5.   Money Bin

The majority of the time, second-hand items will not come with a warranty which means if something goes wrong, it’s coming out of your pocket.

You need to think hard about if it’s worth spending more money on fixes than it’s worth. It doesn’t take long to get stuck in the trap of constantly paying out for repairs, so why not make a secure investment in some new racking ? Not only will you be saving money in the long run, but also time and efficiency.

  6.   Replacement Parts

When buying second-hand pallet racking, it is more difficult to figure out what has been replaced, fixed, painted over or even if those replacement parts are genuine.

If the brand is well known, there is more of a chance that the replacement parts are genuine. However, this does not mean it is for definite. You wouldn’t buy a Ford car with a Vauxhall engine, so don’t make the same mistake with your pallet racking.

  7.   Get a professional inspector

If second-hand pallet racking is still the route you want to take, make an investment in precautions. Understand that you don’t know how often the pallet racking has been checked, toyed with or endured DIY jobs.

By taking a professional inspector with you to check it out, you can be secure that all the obvious signs of faultiness have been checked over.

General maintenance on racking systems is healthy, however if it becomes a regular occurrence it can quickly become dangerous. Regular inspections are a legal requirement under UK law to be taken annually. At DSP we are time served inspectors with over 30 years experience and knowledge.

We understand that without a durable and safe product in use, both safety measures and quality is compromised.

8. No Reputable Loading Information

These notices are a strong moral H&S guideline as they indicate the safe working loads that can be imposed onto the racking. With pre-used or re-welded 2nd hand beams often the load capacity cannot be accurately supplied and any manufactures original warranties may be null and void.

Need Some Expert Help?

Whether you’re looking for some new pallet racking for yourselves or looking for advice, make sure you are going to the correct places.

With over 30 years of experience with pallet racking, we are here to help you in any way we can. If you need helping finding what’s best for your warehouse or want to find some racking that you can rely on, give us a call on 01270 252533 to speak to a member of our team

By Rebecca Hobbis 06 Feb, 2017
Full of materials handling products, Shelving, Lockers, Office furniture, Warehouse Labelling and much much more. Contact us today for your free copy. or visit our online store www.dexionstorage.com .
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For more information on the pallet racking and shelving that we have available, call 
DSP of Crewe today on:

01270 252 533

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